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5 Fun Facts About July 28 In Alaska History

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1. On July 28, 1911, Joe Juneau, one of the prospectors who discovered gold in Juneau, Alaska, died at the age of 79. Juneau had previously been a mayor and postmaster in the Alaska Territory.

2. In 1943, the U.S. Army established a military base in the Aleutian Islands called Fort Glenn, in response to the Japanese occupation of Attu and Kiska islands. The base served as a hub for military operations in the area until the end of World War II.

3. July 28, 1984, was the first day of the Alyeska Pipeline shutdown, which was caused by a valve malfunction. The pipeline, which transports crude oil from Alaska's North Slope to the port of Valdez, was out of commission for three days, resulting in a loss of millions of dollars in revenue.

4. On this day in 2008, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near the city of Anchorage, Alaska. The quake caused minor damage to buildings and roads, but there were no reported injuries.

5. In 2013, Alaska Airlines Flight 2148 made an emergency landing at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on July 28 due to a mechanical issue. All 138 passengers and crew members survived the incident, and there were no injuries reported.
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